On Aug. 24, 1968, Immunologist Robert A. Good and a team of specialists performed the world’s first successful bone marrow transplant from a matched, related donor. It was a monumental feat—and it pioneered an entirely new field of specialty care that would open the door to cures for dozens of other life-threatening diseases.
Since achieving this milestone 50 years ago, the University has continued to lead the field. University of Minnesota teams have performed nearly 8,000 blood and marrow transplants (BMTs), primarily for the treatment of leukemias, lymphomas, myelomas, and other blood-related cancers.
On Aug. 24, 2018, we will mark the 50th anniversary of this procedure with a celebration and reception for survivors and their families. All year leading up to the ceremony, we have honored five decades of medical history by sharing stories from BMT recipients and the care providers who helped treat them. You can read these stories here:
Stay tuned to our social media channels for the rest of the month, as we continue to share moments and stories related to the 50th anniversary of our first blood and marrow transplant.